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Buscemi Breads

When I visited the sleepy little town of Buscemi (population about one thousand) about an hour’s drive from Siracusa, I thought about the actor, Steve Buscemi, who starred in Broadwalk Empire. Did his relatives come from this town? The town’s residents are mo…

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Mom’s Heavenly Whiskey Cake

Three days before Christmas was my mother’s starting point for making whiskey cake, a signature item on the holiday table. It was no small feat to make one if you tried to do it all at once but making it in stages was very doable.  There was so much going on wi…

A Cook’s Countdown to Christmas

Maybe you have not thought about what to serve for the holidays, so I am giving you a cook's Christmas card menu and a special recipe for a delicious puff pastry pinwheel that you can whip up in 15 minutes. Use the suggested menu or mix and match with your own personal fa…

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Twice Baked Potato Boats

Jazz up twice baked potatoes by filling the potato skins with a combination of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Looks good, tastes great and gets raves. Twice Baked Potato BoatsServes 4  2 large Yukon Gold potatoes, well scrubbed2 large sweet potatoes, well scru…

Slow and Low Beef Brisket

Not a turkey fan? How about a slow oven roasted, fix and forget it beef brisket? Nothing could be easier to make and the leftovers are even better. Team it with oven roasted vegetables or baked potatoes for a really delicious cold weather meal. Slow and Low Beef BrisketS…

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Tweaking Thanksgiving

It’s not too early to be thinking about Thanksgiving and deciding what kind of sides to serve with the turkey always gets me thinking. Do I really want to do that green bean casserole or cranberry marshmallow salad again just because auntie B always made them? Or sh…

The Mary Ann Esposito Foundation

Food and culture are central to the Italian-American experience. For generations, Italian-American families have come together around the dinner table where parents and grandparents have passed on their traditions and values. Gaps between generations have been bridged by …

Delicious December Delicacies

Every October Mom started her Christmas baking by loading in 25 pound bags of flour, countless dozens of eggs, butter and sugar. This was serious business because Christmas cookies were give-aways for everyone. I remember the large metal tins that the freshly baked cookie…

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Snappy Gingersnaps

Gingersnaps are so New England. They have been enjoyed for hundreds of years and are a direct descendent of gingerbread. They have a long European history, especially in Germany and England. In colonial times, they were called ginger biscuits. Gingersnaps get their name f…

Think You’ve Tasted The Best Cannoli?

A tray of just made cannoli with fresh sheep’s milk ricotta cheese filling made its way down the long table at the Cucchiara dairy farm I was visiting near the town of Salemi, Sicily. The long and thin as tissue paper, blistered and golden brown crispy shells were w…

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